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Grow Your Collection

The Lowest-Cost Way To Get The Games You Want

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Why you are here:

Gaming On A Budget

The average consumer of designer board games spends roughly $500 a year on games. But far more importantly, that person wants a lot more than $500 worth of board games each year but has to balance those wants with food, housing, school, and dozens of other things.

We understand that board games can be an addiction, and we're dedicated to helping you get the most play time for your gaming dollar. Whether it's by reducing the cost per game by offering used titles at a better price, or by taking advantage of our trading network.

Limited Space

At the same time, most people have another problem, they regularly get games that they either tire of, don't like after one play, or someone else in the group has a copy anyway, and their own copy just gathers dust on the shelf. Most people don't have enough space to justify keeping games they don't play.

At BoardGameCo, we're a big fan of getting games you no longer want into the hands of people who do want them, and getting you games you DO want in exchange. A game you don't want has no value to you anymore, so why not turn it into something you can enjoy while also making other gamers happy.

Selling Your Games

Some people try to solve this problem by selling the games they don't want. They might run an auction on boardgamegeek or try their hand on ebay, but they'll usually wind up with far less cash back then they want, for a lot more effort then they anticpated.

For those who want to avoid this hassle, we recommend trading the games instead, whether to us or others. If you really need cash though, reach out to us and we can either make an offer, or give you tips on the best way to try selling yourself.

Giving Them Away

Others might try to donate them to goodwill or give them to a non gamer friend, only to find that most people aren't used to designer board games, and after two pages of rules with ten more pages to go, most of those games will end up in the trash or passed along to someone else to repeat the cycle.

Don't get us wrong, we're hugely into spreading the joy of board games and we actually partner with local schools and charities to donate games, but you have to know how to pick the right games. Ticket to ride? Yep. 10 Days in Africa? Yep. Battlelore with it's 70 page rulebook? Nope.

Trading Your Games

The best option is to trade them away, but it can be hard enough to find people able to trade even one or two games, so best case scenario, you wind up paying $10-$20 in shipping, plus giving up a game or two, all in order to get one or two games in return.

Here at BGC, we value your time and your cash, and we're firm believers that you can get a better value when trading and that we're the place to do it. We offer trades as large as you can handle, and the best response time you'll find anywhere else in board games!

Fast and Easy

That's where we come in. We offer a HUGE overlap in wants and haves, enabling us to trade 2-3 games, or 20-30. We respond quickly and will help you along the way, heck, you can even use our shipping discount! If you want to turn your unwanted games into new ones, we're fast, easy, and always here!

And we need your help reaching other gamers who are having these problems! Recommend someone who hasn't traded with us before, and both you and he/she can pick out a free game on your next trade from a select list of titles (or some store credit if you don't see anything you want).

How we can help you:

  • Step 1 - Say Hi

    Average Time: 5 minutes
     
    Fill out your email at the top of the page, register here, use the contact us at the bottom, or message us on boardgamegeek. However you get ahold of us, we'd love to talk to you!
  • Step 2 (optional) - Get set up on BoardGameGeek

    Average Time: 5-10 minutes
     
    If you're not already on BGG, you can either head on over to our walkthrough section over here, or alternatively one of our team members will be happy to guide you through the process personally. It's just a few minutes, and the benefits will last a lifetime!
  • Step 3a - List your games available for trade (on BGG)

    Average Time: 1 minute or less per game
     
    Now you can start to add the games you have available to your for trade list. The great part is, doing this will enable you to not only trade with us, but with ANY user on boardgamegeek! Instructions can be found here, or contact us at any of the links above.
  • Step 3b - List your games available for trade (not on BGG)

    Average Time: 1 minute or less per game
     
    Simply send us a list of games you're interested in trading away, whether you no longer play them, can't find anyone to play with you, or any other reason that a game has become a paperweight. For a full list of games we're currently accepting, click here.
  • Step 4 - Decide what games you want

    Average Time: 5-15 minutes
     
    Either by marking items as wanted on boardgamegeek (instructions here), or by browsing our in stock collection over here, you can browse for whatever games you're looking for. If you're looking for something we don't have in stock, feel free to tell us and we'll let you know when it comes in.
  • Step 5 - Decide on a trade

    Average Time: 10 minutes-30 minutes
     
    Whether you've started talking to us on boardgamegeek, on our site, or whatever your preference, now that you have the list of games you want and are available, we can figure out a mutually beneficial trade. You can either make us an offer or ask us to make one, and we'll do our best to figure out a trade that works well for both of us.
  • Step 6 - Ship each other games

    Average Time: Distance to your closest Fedex/UPS/USPS
     
    Now that the trade is complete, it's just time to ship each other our games. Let us know if we can do anything to help, whether it's packing tips, using our discount with Fedex, or anything else to make your life as easy as possible.
  • Step 7 - Making sure you're happy

    Average Time: None
     
    When the games arrive, let us know if there are any issues. We take customer satisfaction extremely seriously, and we want to make sure you feel you got the value and experience you were looking for. We consider referrals the highest indicator of how well we're doing!
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Satisfied Customers

2581

Completed Trades

17388

Games Shipped

Testimonials


Mark is BGC's website wizard and technical Guru. While not originally a hardcore boardgamer, Mark's been an addicted (he would say dedicated) Magic The Gathering player for over 10 years and he approaches everything else in his life with that same dedication. Ever since meeting Alex, he's been involving himself more and more with board games and what they add to your life. From the basics such as Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic, to the the more specifics like Puzzle Strike and Trains; game by game Mark is immersing himself in the hobby. But where Alex and Dan like to play every game as fast as possible, Mark prefers to play a game until he masters it before moving onto a new one. Mark's current favorite is Star Realms...and he can't wait for them to release an expansion!On the more technical side, Mark is part owner of his own company, Digital Identity Media, and he along with his company have been the driving force of BoardGameCo's website, social media, and entire branding identity. Whether you want to play MTG, or whether you need to build your website and more, Mark is your man.

Alex


Alex is the founding partner of BGC. In 2012, after 7 years playing Catan and Carcassonne, Alex discovered Small World and Stone Age via a friend. What followed was 6 months of hardcore collecting, that then turned into a business after he realized he couldn't keep spending hundreds of dollars every month on games without some external justification. His favorite game is A Few Acres of Snow, which he can never get enough of the back and forth cutthroat strategy. After that and a few other favorites, he really just likes running around learning new games faster then he can play them. Alex says there are only two things he wants in life right now, a Geek Chic table, and for his kids to grow up faster so they can start playing! On the business end, Alex is BGC's premier trader, and he loves engaging with fellow gamers every day. Alex started trading way back as a means of getting more games for less money, and he loves being able to turn around and grow the trading community in return, allowing more and more gamers to take advantage of the cost benefits trading provides.

Dan


Dan, the Chief Enthusiasm Officer, loves playing boardgames with the people in his life. He's a passionate serial entrepreneur who enjoys building systems for value creation (i.e. businesses) during his waking hours.Having first settled in Catan in 1995, he spent 20 years exposing patient people to high-quality designer games, and building Boardgameco was simply a natural 'move'. He played the Haba games with his daughters as toddlers, and, now as teens, they blast him in Tribune or Lost Cities - showing little mercy (just the way he taught them). He and his wife enjoy San Juan, Splendor, and many others, although with more hardcore gamers he enjoys nothing more than Netrunner, Imperial, and Twilight Struggle .On BGG since 2001, Dan was one of the site's first 400 members (now 1 million strong), which seemed to imbue him - in Alex' mind - with a sort of "gaming 'street cred'". This 'street cred' has only been burnished by Dan's repeated destruction of Alex in games ranging from Founding Fathers to Trains to The Duke (ok, 'destruction' may be a slight exaggeration).

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